academic year


Definition of academic year

: the annual period of sessions of an educational institution usually beginning in September and ending in June

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In Eugene, Oregon most recently spent 6.1 percent of team expenses on women's basketball and has spent less than 7 percent of its team expenses on women's basketball in each of the past six academic years. Danny Moran,, "Beavers and Ducks building women's basketball powers despite spending less than traditional elites," 23 Mar. 2018 Tuition costs for all other classes at most UA campuses, including those in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau, will increase by 5 percent in the upcoming academic year, and an additional 5 percent the following year. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "UA finalizes budget; tuition will increase for most classes this fall," 1 June 2018 The school walkouts that riled teacher contract talks this summer in more than a dozen districts across Washington state have only recently settled down with the start of the academic year. Neal Morton, The Seattle Times, "Washington state schools chief adds capital-gains tax, special education to his budget wish list," 9 Oct. 2018 About 6,000 students attended District 15 middle schools in the last academic year: About 12% were Asian, 12% black, 42% Latino, and 32% white, city data said. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "New York City Makes Big Diversity Push in Brooklyn School District," 20 Sep. 2018 Ninety-four percent of welding certificates went to men in the last academic year, and 95 percent of cosmetology certificates went to women, an analysis of data provided by the U.S. Department of Education shows. Kelly Field, The Atlantic, "Why Are Women Still Choosing the Lowest-Paying Jobs?," 25 Jan. 2018 University of Kentucky Campus Attitudes Toward Safety survey results from the 2015-2016 academic year. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Experts: University of Kentucky's sexual assault policy may be illegal," 11 July 2018 In the past academic year, 292 such incidents were reported — a 77 percent increase from the previous year, according to the report released Thursday. Julia Jacobs,, "White Supremacists’ Use of Campus Propaganda Is Soaring, Report Finds," 29 June 2018 Another unsuccessful academic year would have marked those campuses for closure in 2019-20. Kent P. Scribner, star-telegram, "FWISD superintendent announces "turnaround" at some low-performing elementary schools," 28 June 2018

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1800, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of academic year

: the time during a year when a school has classes

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